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It’s finally here; the biggest and best horseracing event in the UK is back! This year Cheltenham Festival will host 28 races, over 500 horses and millions of viewers and punters. As always, it's going to be huge. 

Day 4: Gold Cup Day

It all leads up to this! The final day of the biggest horseracing event of the year, the 2023 Cheltenham Festival, will come to a close at the end of the day. But we still have some excellent races coming up, including the coveted Gold Cup – the biggest race of the event. Follow along for live updates of each race as it happens.

13:30: The JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1)

  • Kicking off the last day, the first race had plenty of action. Jupiter Du Gite had a particularly strong start to the race creating a five-length lead at one point; Blood Destiny quickly caught up; however, Lossiemouth and Jipcot overtook both. Lossiemouth – the favourite at odds 11/8 – held the lead for the rest of the race.
  • Paul Townend has won again at Cheltenham – it's another Irish winner to start us off.
  • The top four finishers in the race were all trained by Willie Mullins – talk about domination.

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14:10: The McCoy Contractors County Handicap Hurdle Race (Premier Handicap)

  • This year's County Hurdle featuring 26 horses was a closely contested affair. A surprisingly strong start from Highway One O Two, priced at 80/1, set the tone for how tight the event truly was. First place exchanged hands frequently, and it all came to a head coming up towards the last – eight horses were neck and neck coming over the last hurdle; Pied Piper and Faivoir landed the best jumps and lead the pack up to the finish.
  • Faivoir pipped Pied Piper by a head to come out on top – another win for trainer Dan Skelton.

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14:50: The Albert Bartlett  Novices’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)

  • The third race of the day did not disappoint. Most of the race was contested between Rock My Way (33/1) and Embassy Gardens (8/1) but Stay Away Fay picked up some speed and caught up to the leaders. The favourite, Corbetts Cross, mounted a comeback – putting the pressure on Stay Away Fay until tragedy struck – Corbets Cross ran outside on the last, throwing Mark Walsh off in the process.
  • Stay Away fay kept the lead – this is Harry Cabdon's second 2023 Cheltenham festival win.

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15:30: The Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

  • This is it. The biggest event of the festival – the Gold Cup! Ahoy Senor made a strong start, holding off the competition for a long stretch of the race. A huge blow! Ahoy Senor falls and hits A Plus Tard – A Plus Tard just holds on, but it's a big setback. Hewick takes the lead but also suffers a fall soon after –  Bravemansgame takes pole position until the final straight where Galopin Des Champs overtook – winning the Gold Cup
  • This is Paul Townend and Willie Mullins' third gold cup – their first with Galopin Des Champs
  • This is the 5th successive year that an Irish rider and Jockey have won the Gold Cup; it's the eighth in ten years.

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16:10: The St. James’s Place Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters' Steeple Chase

  • After a brilliant Gold Cup display – the Challenge Cup offered up some great moments with strong starts from Rocky's Howya and Go Go Geronimo. Neither could hold on, and Premier Magic took the lead. Unbelievably, a loose horse (Secret Investor) who was out in front stopped running, holding up five other horses and giving Premier Magic a clear path to victory.
  • Bradley Gibbs is Premier Magic's jockey and trainer

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16:50: The Mrs Paddy Power Mares' Steeple Chase (Grade 2)

  • The Mares' Steeple chase kicked off with a false start – not the best way to get things going. What looked to be a two-horse race between Pink Legend and Zambella quickly shifted, with Allegorie De Vassy and Impervious taking the front foot at the last fence. Nothing could stop Impervious and her fierce gallop.
  • Impervious has four wins out of four on fences – she's proving to be a real talent.
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17:30: Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (0-145)

  • The final race of the Cheltenham Festival 2023 did not disappoint! An intensely fought battle with a brilliant climax – seven horses were in contention to win before the final fence. The distance between the top three and the following four grew, meaning it all came down to Iroko, No Ordinary Joe and Buddy One.
  • Iroko took the lead and finished first, giving his trainers, Oliver Greenall and Josh Guerriero their first Cheltenham victory.

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NRNB is a type of insurance that covers ante post wagers. Ante post wagers are early bets placed on an event — in this case, horse races at the 2023 Cheltenham Festival.

With most ante post betting, you will lose your stake if your pick ends up not running. However, when a bookie declares a race to be Non-Runner No Bet, you can place your early wager safe in the knowledge that, in the case of your pick not running, your stake will get refunded no questions asked.

At this point, you might be thinking: why risk it at all? What is the point of placing an ante post wager? Well, there are many reasons to bet ante-post: from taking advantage of the better odds that will very possibly shorten nearer the big day, to simply getting all your bets on and out of the way in good time.

Whatever your reasoning for betting ante-post, you really should bet with a bookmaker known for giving Non-Runner No Bet as standard. If your bet was placed as part of an accumulator and your horse doesn’t run, it will simply be chalked off and your acca will be downgraded by one selection, for example, a treble will become a double.

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As with any type of betting alternative, there are a number of distinct advantages and one slight disadvantage. Below, we'll go through what we consider to be the most important aspects to help you decide whether or not to switch to Non-Runner No Bet for the Cheltenham Festival races.

Advantages

  • Ante post NRNB bets are much safer as you are less likely to lose your stake before a race even starts.
  • Betting earlier will likely give you better odds when compared to betting on the day.
  • Can be used with a ‘best odds guaranteed' promotion for an even stronger betting combo.

Disadvantages

  • There is a set time frame in which a bet can be placed.

The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most prestigious races in the horse racing calendar. With a total of 28 races run over four days, the festival is a sports betting paradise for bettors around the world.

Since the event is so extensive and popular, many bookmakers offer special deals such as free bets, best odds guaranteed, and, of course, Non-Runner No Bets.

The 2023 Cheltenham festival will take place on Tuesday 14 March to Friday 17 March. The number of races may be overwhelming for some betting enthusiasts, but there are a number of standout events taking place over the four days. Here you can see all that has happened on the previous day of the Cheltenham Festival

Day 1: Champions Day

The first day of the event is already upon us and we can't wait to see what will happen, Below you can find the program of the day, with details of what happened throughout the races:

13:30: The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)

  • It's all over! The first race of the Cheltenham Festival has concluded, and what a race it has been! The favourite, Falice Vega, was in the lead until the final hurdle which he struggled to get passed. This gave Marine Nationale a chance to swoop the lead and finish the race on top.
  • The top three jockeys of the race turned out to be Irish – not great news for the Brits
  • This is Michael O'Sullivan's first win at the Cheltenham Festival.

Ranked 3rd at odds of 9/2 ‘Marine National' and Michael O’Sullivan win The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle Race

14:10: The Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

  • The second race of the day, and it was another classic. Dysart Dynamo spent most of the race out in front with El Fabiolo and Jonbon. Catastrophe struck as Dysart Dynamo fell on the final hurdle, giving El Fabiolo a chance to exact revenge over Jonbon.
  • This is the 24th win for jockey Paul Townend and his second in the Arkle.
  • So far it's Ireland two England nill as both winning jockeys are Irish.

The favourite at odds of 6/5 ‘El Fabiolo' and jockey Paul Townend have won the Sporting Life Arkle Challenge Trophy Steeple Chase

14:50: The Ultimate Handicap Steeple Chase (Premier Handicap)

  • Simply brilliant racing so far at the festival – in what seemed to be a massive upset, Harper's brook at 40/1 odds to the lead and managed to hold to it for a good while. That was until last year's champion Corach Rambler came out of nowhere to take and ultimately hold on to the lead.
  • The UK are finally on the scoreboard with a Scottish winner in Derek Fox although there is still yet to be an English winner.

The favourite at odds of 15/2 ‘Corach Rambler' and jockey Derek Fox have won the Ultimate Handicap Steeple Chase for the second time in a row

15:30: The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1)

  • In one of the least shocking finishes so far Constitution Hill took the lead from ‘I Like To Move It' and never looked back, looking comfortably out in front with some distance behind him.
  • At 4/11 Constitution Hill is the shortest-priced winner of the Champion Hurdle
  • Nico de Boinville has etched his name on the history books winning the Gold Cup, The Champion Chase and finally the Champion Hurdle.

The heavy favourite ‘Constitution Hill' and jockey Nico De Boinville have won the Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy

16:10: The Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race (Grade 1)

 
  • It was a special day indeed for the Mares' Hurdle Race, especially for Honeysuckle who would be competing at her last Cheltenham festival. The odds on favourite started strong but was overtaken by Love Envoi until the last hurdle – Honeysuckle showed her class and clinched victory for the final time. Emotional stuff!
  • This is Honeysuckle's fourth Cheltenham win and she'll go down as one of the great mares of a generation

It's a fairytale ending for Honeysuckle and Rachael Blackmore who win the Close Brothers Mares’ Hurdle Race as joint-favourites

 

16:50: The Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race (Premier Handicap)

 

  • The penultimate showdown for day one of the Cheltenham Festival was yet another thrilling race with a climactic ending as three horses – Risk Belle, Byker and Jazzy Matty – remained neck and neck with Jazzy Matty coming out on top by a foot.
  • Yet another 1-2-3 finish for the Irish making it Ireland 4 – England 2 so far today
  • This is Michael O'Sullivan's second win of the day and his second win at Cheltenham.

Priced at 18/1 Jazzy Matty and Michael O'Sullivan come out on top at the Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle Race

 

17:30: The National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Steeple Chase) (Grade 2)

 

  • In what could be described as one of the most eventful races of the day, the Favourite Gaillard Du Mesnil had a terrible start to the race trailing at the very back of the pack. On the other end, Mahler Mission gains a strong – eight-length – lead with Chemical Energy behind.
  • Disaster struck before the last as Mahler Mission miss timed the jump and fell. Chemical Energy to the lead while Gaillard Du Mesnil quickly made his way to the front of the pack. Gaillard Du Mesnil was too strong and took the lead at the last winning the Challenge Cup.
  • Tragedy as Malinello, set at 125/1 odds, was in third place until he fell on the 16th hurdle and sadly suffered a fatal injury

The favourite at odds of 10/11 'Gaillard Du Mesnil' and jockey Patrick Mullins have won the National Hunt Steeple Chase Challenge Cup

Day 2: Festival Wednesday

 

…And we’re back for day two of the 2023 Cheltenham Festival, the first day threw up some brilliant performances, upsets and exciting matches all round. So far Michael O’Sullivan is the star on the saddle with two race wins – let's see who can best him today.

 

The grass looks green for the Irish with five wins to the UK’s two, hopefully, we’ll see a closer contest today. Speaking of today’s matches, here's the full list of races with live updates on all that's happening.

 

13:30: The Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Race (Grade 1)

 

    • The first race comes to a close, Champ Kiel held the lead from the off and looked confident in holding onto his victory, however, the resilience of Impaire Et Passe and jockey Paul Townend, meant that it wasn't to be. Impaire Et Passe came out on top with a fabulous display near the end.
    • This is Paul Towned's second win in this year's Cheltenham Festival and Impaire Et Passe has the potential to be a superstar.
    • The top three horses are all trained by the brilliant Irish trainer Willie Mullins.

The favourite at odds of 5/2 Impaire Et Passe and jockey Paul Townend have won the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Race

 

14:10: The Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

 

    • A great race which saw an unbelievably close finish. The Real Whacker led throughout much of the second half of the race, and Bronn who was priced at 40/1 tailed behind until Gerri Colombe swooped in, catching up to The Real Whacker in the final few yards of the course.
    • Once officials reviewed the photos, The Real Whacker and jockey Sam Twiston-Davies came out on top.
    • It's England one, Ireland one – so far an evenly matched contest.

Priced at 13/2 The Real Whacker and Sam Twiston-Davies won the Brown Advisory Novices’ Steeple Chase

 

14:50: The Coral Cup Hurdle (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Premier Handicap)

 

    • The largest race of the day certainly did not disappoint! Watch House Cross spent much of the race in front until he was overtaken by Camprond near the end of the race. A terrible hurdle by Camprond gave An Epic Song an opportunity to overtake meanwhile from 6th place, Langer Dan mounted a superb march forward and overtook both Camprond and An Epic Song after the last.
    • Langer Dan ended the race in front by a head! The first Cheltenham win for the horse.

Langer Dan and jockey Harry Skelton have won the Coral Cup Hurdle - priced at odd of 10/1

 

15:30: The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

 

    • Editeur Du Gite started the race out front and held a decent lead for much of the race with last year's champion, and this year's favourite – Energumene – close behind. Editeur Du Gite looked to drop off allowing both Energumene and Captain Guinness to overtake.
    • In the end, there was no match for Energumene who flew passed ending the race about eight lengths in front.
    • Paul Townend has won his second race of the day and retained his Queen Mother Champion status – A brilliant display so far this year.

Favourites, Energumene with jockey Paul Townend have emerged victorious at the Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase, a repeat of last year

 

16:10: The Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase

 

    • With the rain firmly pouring down, the racers set up for what proved to be a tight matchup. The lead exchanged hands almost a dozen times with seven different horses taking the lead at some point. the top two spots in fact had only taken the lead just before the last These were Delta Work (6/4) and Galvin (3/1). In the end, Delta Work edged out in front – winning the event.
    • Delta Work wins back-to-back Cross Country Chases – this year round with a different jockey, Keith Donoghue. This is Keith Donoghue's fourth victory, winning three times with Tiger Roll.
    • Trainer Gordon Elliott has now won the event five times in the last seven years!

The odds on favourite Delta Work has defended the title winning the Glenfarclas Cross Country Steeple Chase for the second year running

 

16:50: The Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup (Premier Handicap)

 

    • A huge upset for a huge event! with a closely contested battle from a number of great horses, odds on favourite Dinoblue (7/2) took the lead and held on to it for much of the race, falling into second a few times – but looking strong throughout. It wasn't until the penultimate hurdle, that momentum began to shift – rank outsider Maskada (22/1) held strong ploughing through the final hill and lading a great jump on the last.
    • Maskada is the highest-priced winner at this year's Cheltenham Festival so far at 22/1

In brilliant fashion, rank outsider Maskala wins the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Handicap Steeple Chase Challenge Cup priced at 22/1

 

17.30: The Weatherbys Champion Bumper (A Standard Open NH Flat Race) (Grade 1)

 

    • The final race of day 2 – the Champion Bumper is preserved for young horses just starting out their racing careers. with 24 horses in the running and some great jockeys in the mix, the competition was fierce in the end the odds on favourite A Dream to Share took home the gold.
    • The finals standings were put into doubt as the first steward's enquiry was made. The final standings remained unaltered after the enquiry
    • 10 of the 24 horses were trained by prolific trainer Willie Mullins.

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Day 3: St. Patrick’s Thursday

Day 2 saw some great fan favourites and e couple of surprise underdogs taking home wins for their stables. Willie Mullins will be most pleased so far with four victories and the Irish should be feeling confident, with nine wins to the UK’s four.

Already halfway through the festival, Day 3 brings some of the most exciting races so far, most notably, the featured event, The Ryanair Steeple Chase and the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle. All the action of the third day will be brought to you live here, so keep your eyes peeled.

13:30: The Turners Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)

  • An interesting race to start us off, with a very competitive bunch all keeping within 5 lengths from first to last throughout much of the race. In the end, it was still a one-horse race – Stage Star taking the lead from the off and holding on to it until the finish line. Notlongtillmay gave the fiercest competition finishing in second.
  • This is trainer Paul Nicholls‘ first Cheltenham Festival victory since 2020.

Priced at 15/2 Stage Star and Harry Cobden have won the Turners Novices’ Chase

 

14:10: The Pertemps Network Final (A Handicap Hurdle Race) (Listed)

 

    • What a race ladies and gentlemen! A great crop of racers with little to split them for much of the race – although Burrows Park took an eight lengths lead for a short while. Coming up to the last it was all to play for until, from second to last place, Good Time Jonny mounted a comeback. And what a comeback it was, by the last hurdle he made it to the middle of the pack, and kept pushing until he came out on top by a couple of lengths.
    • Liam McKenna has won his first event at the Cheltenham Festival 2023

With the comeback of dreams Good Time Jonny and Liam McKenna have won the Pertemps Network Final, priced at 10/1

 

14:50: The Ryanair Steeple Chase (Grade 1)

 

    • This is the feature event for the afternoon
    • Exciting stuff as expected, what wasn't expected was the terrible display by favourite Shishkin who remained back marker for the duration of the race. At the opposite end, Chacun Pour Soi rolled back the years and kept a mighty lead up front, but his tired legs couldn't hold him, finishing last.
    • In the end, Envoi Allen took the lead just after the last, securing his third Cheltenham festival win.
    • Rachael Blackmore has won her second event of the 2023 Cheltenham Festival

Envoi Allen has won the Ryanair Steeple Chase with Rachael Blackmore at odds of 10/1

15:30: The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

 

    • The other big event of the day was one to watch, Flooring Porter quickly established a lead over the rest of the pack, at some points even maintaining a four-length gap from second-placed Dashel Drasher. It all came down to the final stages, Dashel Drasher closed the gap and looked to be in front before the last, Sire Du Berlais had also caught up and in the last 1/2 furlong took the lead and won the stayers!
    • A stewards enquiry has led to an amendment of the result Dashel Drasher has been demoted to third and Teahupoo is placed in second.
    • This is Sire Du Berlais' third festival victory at the age of 11 and Mark Walsh's eighth festival victory as well.

Sire Du Berlais wins the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle priced at a massive 33/1

16:10: The Magners Plate (A Handicap Steeple Chase) (Premier Handicap)

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    • The Magnars Plate was essentially a two-horse race, neither of which you would expect. Coole Cody (28/1) took the lead over the first jump and held onto it for a while until Seddon overtook him, Coole Cody couldn't keep up and ended the race in 7th. Seddon could and despite some pressure, held on the pole position.
    • Yet another Irish trainer and Irish jockey have won at the Cheltenham Festival.
 

16:50: The Jack de Bromhead Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

  • Named after the late son of trainer Henry De Bromhead, another unlikely winner took charge of this event. You Wear It Well took the lead after some brilliant jumping. There were a couple of close battles but it looked more like a race for second place – which Magical Zoe secured.
  • It's an English winner! Jamie Snowden the trainer, and Gavin Sheehan as the jockey.
 

17:30: Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup (sponsored by the JRL Group) Handicap Steeple Chase (0-145)

  • Last but not least, 26 horses took to the starting line in one of the closest races of the day. With some tough competition, over half a dozen racers took the lead at some point in the race, it came down to the wire with an almost photo finish between Angels Dawn and Stumptown

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16:50: The Jack de Bromhead Mares Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

  • Named after the late son of trainer Henry De Bromhead, another unlikely winner took charge of this event. You Wear It Well took the lead after some brilliant jumping. There were a couple of close battles but it looked more like a race for second place – which Magical Zoe secured.
  • It's an English winner! Jamie Snowden the trainer, and Gavin Sheehan as the jockey.

 

17:30: Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup (sponsored by the JRL Group) Handicap Steeple Chase (0-145)

  • Last but not least, 26 horses took to the starting line in one of the closest races of the day. With some tough competition, over half a dozen racers took the lead at some point in the race, it came down to the wire with an almost photo finish between Angels Dawn and Stumptown

If you are looking to place an ante-post bet on Cheltenham Festival this year, then we strongly advise you to search for a bookmaker that is known to offer Non-Runner No Bet (NRNB) as standard. In doing so, you can bet with the assurance that in the event of your selection not running on the day, you will still be guaranteed to get your stake refunded, and this gives many bettors peace of mind.

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